GENEVA / ZEID PRESS FREEDOM

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The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that the US President Donald Trump's attacks on the media could amount to incitement and embolden followers to attack certain communities. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / ZEID PRESS FREEDOM
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 30 AUGUST 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Press Briefing Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The President prides himself as a taboo breaker, indeed his supporters see him as such, but at the time I expressed my feeling that this was grossly responsible because it has consequences, it emboldens those who may think similarly to sharpen their assaults.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I wish to also draw on the Presidents repeated attacks on three of the most well respected news organisations in the world: The New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN repeatedly referring to the organisations as liars, as crooks and most recently in Arizona, he went as far as to refer to journalists as really really dishonest people, bad people, who don’t like our country. In addition, to the constant refrain of fake news when these news organisations have specific codes of ethics and editorial boards, often you see hear people resigning because these standards are not met and to call these news organisations fake does tremendous damage and to refer to individual journalists in this way, I have to ask the question: is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists? And let’s assume a journalist is harmed from one of these organisations, does the Preside nt then not bare responsibility for this? For having fanned this? The demonization of the press is poisonous because it has consequences elsewhere.”
6. Close up, photographer
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It is really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only a sort of cornerstone of the US constitution, but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President himself, it’s a sort of stunning turnaround, and ultimately the sequences are dangerous one: incitement and fear, self-censorship, banning and then violence.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. Blose up, journalist
10. Close up, hands on press release
11. Wide shot, journalists

STORYLINE:

The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that the US President Donald Trump's attacks on the media could amount to incitement and embolden followers to attack certain communities.

Zeid expressed special concern to reporters in Geneva today (30 Aug) about derogatory remarks by the US President about journalists and media institutions. He said “the President prides himself as a taboo breaker, indeed his supporters see him as such, but at the time I expressed my feeling that this was grossly responsible because it has consequences, it emboldens those who may think similarly to sharpen their assaults."

Speaking in Arizona last week, US President Donald Trump has defended his response to a white supremacist-organised rally in Virginia, and criticised news organisations for their coverage of the violence in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville, calling journalists "truly dishonest people."

Zeid said “I wish to also draw on the Presidents repeated attacks on three of the most well respected news organisations in the world: The New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN repeatedly referring to the organisations as liars, as crooks and most recently in Arizona, he went as far as to refer to journalists as really really dishonest people, bad people, who don’t like our country."

He added "In addition, to the constant refrain of fake news when these news organisations have specific codes of ethics and editorial boards, often you see hear people resigning because these standards are not met and to call these news organisations fake does tremendous damage and to refer to individual journalists in this way, I have to ask the question: is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists ? And let’s assume a journalist is harmed from one of these organisations, does the President then not bear responsibility for this? For having fanned this? The demonization of the press is poisonous because it has consequences elsewhere.”

The High Commissioner also said that “it is really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only a sort of cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President himself, it’s a sort of stunning turnaround, and ultimately the sequences are dangerous one: incitement and fear, self-censorship, banning and then violence.”
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